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From Pastor Kent’s Desk

In “liturgical-speak”, “The Time after Epiphany” is also known as “Ordinary Time.” The problem is that “Ordinary Time” is anything but “ordinary!” It’s the time that the church reacquaints itself with Jesus. The baby is born, the boy grows-up, and suddenly the young man is on a God-ordained mission. Infused with the Holy Spirit, he heals, he preaches, he teaches, and in so doing, he upsets the religious status-quo. He ushers-in the “UpsideDown Kingdom,” and the world is never the same again!

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate more fully the nature of the one whom we call “The Christ,” and what it means to be one his followers. Living as we do in a land where freedom of religion is a given, we forget the places in the world where that is not the case. The danger is that we can take our religious freedom for granted, and by extension, we can take our religious practices for granted, as well.

Being a follower of “The Way” assumes that we live out our corporate and private lives with intentionality. As with any other kind of discipline, being a Christian takes practice. Prayer, worship, Biblical study, and service to others all require focus and attention to detail.

Every decision we make, every conversation we have, every business deal we ink, every relationship we cherish assumes we do it with an eye on the One who names us and nurtures us. Being a follower of “The Way” claims the totality of our lives.

Do we always get it right? Not by a long shot! But we try never-the-less. As with any other practice, being a follower of The Christ encompasses the whole of our being. Everything is on the table – nothing is hidden from Him. The rewards are well worth the effort, though! That’s why “thanksgiving” and “celebration” are integral parts of our journey with The Christ, too! Joy undergirds our souls!

So, during this extra-ordinary time of your life, strive to be the person God calls you to be. It takes effort, it takes discipline, it takes determination, it takes focus, but we are all better Christians for the effort! We do it because that’s what we’re “called” to do. We don’t do it for the rewards, or the glory, or the attention, or the credit. No, we do it because of our love of Jesus – the One who makes our lives worthwhile!
Grace & Peace, Kent

Spring Basement Sale

It may be twenty or thirty degrees outside, but Spring is coming, and with that comes the Bethany Women’s Association Spring Basement Sale on Saturday May 11 from 8am 12pm. So clean out those closets, the garage, basement, and hidden cubby holes, and bring your donations to Bethany. Christmas de cor may also be brought for the November sale. New this year, Clothing will not be accepted! As we all are aware, the Women’s Association has used their basement sale proceeds to beautify our church building. From the parlor overhaul to the kitchen color refreshing, to the restrooms, we all have benefited greatly, and owe them a huge thank you. If you have any sale questions, please contact Pat Rineer.

The Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday, February 3, 2019

Again we ask for a suggested donation of $2.00 and/or a canned good from each parishioner. Cash donations of any value can be placed in a church pew envelope. Soup pots will be placed around the church for your donations. Proceeds from the Souper Bowl of Caring benefit local food banks.

Boy Scout Sunday & Pancake Breakfast Sunday, February 10, 2019

On Sunday, February 10, we will be observing Scout Sunday. This year marks the 63rd Anniversary of Scouting at Bethany Presbyterian Church. As is usual, the Scouts will be hosting an “All-You-Can-Eat” Pancake Breakfast before and after Worship from 7:30am-1pm. The cost of the breakfast is $6 for Adults, and $4.50 for Children under twelve. Plan to support our Scouts by having breakfast or brunch in Donegal Hall. All proceeds from the breakfast go to support the Scouting program at Bethany Church.

WEDNESDAYS-AT-TEN

Join us for “Wednesdays-at-Ten,” our weekly Adult Christian Education experience. “Wednesdays-at-Ten” is an opportunity for an “in-depth” look at the Scriptures, the church and society, and our own faith development. There is plenty of time for discussion, interaction, and spiritual development. It’s a great way to interact with other “seekers,” as well. We are currently using “The Wired Word,” an exciting look at how our faith and beliefs interact with issues which are “ripped” from the weekly headlines. Plan to join us on our journey as God creates ways for us to grow spiritually and faithfully. We meet in the Parlor, and copies of the weekly material are available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.